This year, the Panther football team will look to build off of a strong 2019 season where they went 7-3 and made an appearance in the Victory Bowl. This will be a challenge because the Panthers will only have one returning quarterback on the roster this year: Chase Butterfield. In order to find more out about Butterfield, this year’s potential starting quarterback. In an interview with Butterfield, he discussed his unconventional path to Greenville University. He also discussed how he has prepared himself this offseason to take the best of his opportunity.
Born on January 17th, 2000, Butterfield is originally from Colombia, Tennessee. Butterfield is studying secondary education at Greenville University and plans to become a history teacher after graduation. He is also happily engaged and plans to get married this December. Currently, Butterfield is a junior in the classroom but is only a sophomore in terms of eligibility. He started out attending college at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. After only spending one year there, he decided that he missed football too much and they did not have football at GCU. He began his journey of looking for a new school by contacting his high school football coach and would eventually decide that Greenville University was the best fit for him. Butterfield’s playing time was very limited last year as he spent most of the time helping call plays from the sideline. However, he is excited for the chance to have a bigger role this year for the Panthers.
Butterfield looks forward to the opportunity he has this year as the lone returning quarterback. He said, “I have to keep working hard and getting better so I can earn the starting quarterback position.” While he may be the only returning quarterback, Butterfield still feels like he has something to prove to his coaches and teammates. Butterfield is working harder than ever with his teammates. One of the ways that Butterfield is preparing for this season is spending extra time with his teammates working on drills and building chemistry. This allows not only him to work on his footwork and throwing, but is also helping his teammates work on their routes.
Butterfield has set some goals in order to keep him motivated. His first goal is to win the starting job; however, he has one goal that is even bigger than that and that would be to win the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, UMAC, championship. This would require the team to have the best record in the southern division of the conference. This side of the conference includes Greenville, Westminster, and Iowa Wesleyan. Then the top team from the south would go on to face the highest rank team from the northern division of the conference, and the winner of this game would be crowned the conference champ
While fans have only seen Butterfield on the field a handful of times, it will be interesting to see what he has to offer for the Panthers this season in order to continue the team’s success. Two things that are guaranteed with Butterfield are his strong work ethic and commitment to his faith. With this in mind, Butterfield will be a player to keep an eye on in the Panthers’ season this coming spring.
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